These Light-Up Shoes Are The Coolest Thing I Saw at CES
Designed with artists and performers in mind, the Orphe (pronounced "orf") come in white or black, and have translucent soles that let the approximately 100 LEDs in each shoe shine through. Wearers can control the colors via Bluetooth with a smartphone app, or from a computer.
In addition to the lights, the Orphe shoes have embedded 9-axis motion sensors that record how the shoe is moving and which part of the shoe is hitting the floor. A company rep demonstrated that they could even be used as virtual tap shoes. When you hit either the heel or toe, you can have the app emit a tapping sound, or any other sound effect you choose.
Orphe users can create "scenes" — a combination of sound, light and motion data — that they can share with other users via Orphe's mobile app (Android and iOS). The batteries in the shoes will last about 3 hours if the lights are left on continuously. Recharging is done via a microUSB port in the tongue of each shoe.